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a. Firm belief in the integrity, ability, or character of a person or thing; confidence or reliance: trying to gain our clients' trust; taking it on trust that our friend is telling the truth.
b. The condition and resulting obligation of having confidence placed in one: violated a public trust.
c. One in which confidence is placed.
a. Custody; care: left her papers in my trust during her illness.
b. Something committed into the care of another; a charge: violated a public trust.
a. Reliance on something in the future; hope: We have trust that the future will be better.
b. Reliance on the intention and ability of a purchaser to pay in the future; credit: bought the supplies on trust from a local dealer.
4. Law
a. A legal relationship in which one party holds a title to property while another party has the entitlement to the beneficial use of that property.
b. The confidence reposed in a trustee when giving the trustee legal title to property to administer for another, together with the trustee's obligation regarding that property and the beneficiary.
c. The property so held.
5. An institution or organization directed by trustees: a charitable trust.
6. A combination of firms or corporations for the purpose of reducing competition and controlling prices throughout a business or industry.
v. trust·ed, trust·ing, trusts
a. To have or place confidence in; depend on: only trusted his friends; did not trust the strength of the thin rope; could not be trusted to oversee so much money.
b. To have confidence in allowing (someone) to use, know, or look after something: Can I trust you with a secret?
2. To expect with assurance; assume: I trust that you will be on time.
3. To give credence to; believe: I trust what you say.
4. To place in the care of another person or in a situation deemed safe; entrust: "the unfortunate souls who trusted their retirement savings to the stock" (Bill Barnhart).
5. To extend credit to.
1. To have or place reliance; depend: We can only trust in our guide's knowledge of the terrain.
2. To be confident; hope.
in trust
In the possession or care of a trustee.

[Middle English truste, perhaps from Old Norse traust, confidence; see deru- in Indo-European roots.]

trust′er n.
Synonyms: trust, faith, confidence, reliance
These nouns denote a feeling of certainty that a person or thing will not fail. Trust implies depth and assurance of feeling that is often based on inconclusive evidence: The mayor vowed to justify the trust the electorate had placed in him. Faith connotes unquestioning, often emotionally charged belief: "Often enough our faith beforehand in an uncertified result is the only thing that makes the result come true" (William James).
Confidence frequently implies stronger grounds for assurance: "The experience ... made me want to be a surgeon—not an amateur handed the knife for a brief moment but someone with the confidence and ability to proceed as if it were routine" (Atul Gawande).
Reliance connotes a confident and trustful commitment to another: "What reliance could they place on the protection of a prince so recently their enemy?" (William Hickling Prescott). See Also Synonyms at care, rely.
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.truster - a supporter who accepts something as truetruster - a supporter who accepts something as true
abiogenist - a believer in abiogenesis
apostle - an ardent early supporter of a cause or reform; "an apostle of revolution"
colonialist - a believer in colonialism
Confucian, Confucianist - a believer in the teachings of Confucius
evolutionist - a person who believes in organic evolution
imperialist - a believer in imperialism
Malthusian - a believer in Malthusian theory
admirer, booster, protagonist, supporter, champion, friend - a person who backs a politician or a team etc.; "all their supporters came out for the game"; "they are friends of the library"
vitalist - one who believes in vitalism
Based on WordNet 3.0, Farlex clipart collection. © 2003-2012 Princeton University, Farlex Inc.
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Griffith already has a professional connection to the betting industry, having appeared as the 'Gut Truster' in a Ladbrokes advertising campaign that drew criticism from an academic who studies gambling for promoting "stupidity" and "gambling without thinking".
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Maintenant que le club semble sorti de sa crise de gestion suite a l'election, jeudi soir, d'un nouveau president en la personne de Jaouad Zyate, la question qui se pose actuellement avec insistance est de savoir si le Raja est vraiment arrive au bout de ses peines pour retrouver la serenite et la stabilite administrative qui lui ont permis de truster les titres, notamment pendant les deux dernieres decennies.
In the relationship between the public, who does not have the same specialized expertise of health care professionals, researchers, or public health practitioners, the differential in the power relationship between the truster and the trustee can make it difficult for the trustee to judge how much discretionary authority to grant and how to judge the abuse of such discretion (Baier 1986).
Feeding the Kitty showed a puzzled boy on the floor surrounded by kittens with the caption: "There are more than 50 taxes levied on every quart of milk on the way from producer to consumer." (112) In Ladies First a Brain Truster, identified by the academic cap used to portray these intellectuals, hands "tax Bills" from his pouch to shocked women.
For his part, Truster Mulbah, district health officer for Kolahun district, Lofa County, recounts how obtaining his salary from the bank posed major challenges for him, such as traveling long distances, poor bank service, queuing for hours, the bank system being down and much more.
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A Bayesian network trust and reputation model for web services is introduced in [25], which considers several factors when assessing web services' trust: direct opinion from the truster, user rating (subjective view) and QoS monitoring information (objective view).
Trust can be also defined as a relationship (trust always results in a relationship as direct or indirect exchange and it points out the quality of a relationship), as personality trait (psychosocial perspective treats trust as a quality of a truster and not of the relationship between the truster and the trustee) and as a cultural rule (decisions to trust or distrust occur in the preexistent cultural context and normative rules push someone toward or away from trusting the other person or organization) (Sztompka, 1998).
In the literature on trust in democracies, this kind of trust is sometimes dubbed vertical trust, to signal the asymmetrical relation between truster (the voter) and trusted (the representative).